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Jul 24, 2011 4:00pm PDT
to us. for someone who's been in isolation for years, maybe decades, it's a big deal. what i think is important, they got a senior official in the department of corrections to travel up and to meet with them, you know, as equals in a sense. >> sort of an unprecedented show of interracial and even inter-gang unity, right? >> well, this is quite striking. i've been in these facilities. they're quite divided in terms of the racial and ethnic groups and in terms of people in the gangs. to get inmates to come together on an action, a protest action not just at pelican bay but to see it spread to 13 other facilities, that's a show of strength and show of unit. perhaps folks in the department were a little bit nervous about that. >> can you describe -- you described this to me on kqed news about it a couple weeks ago. these units are almost -- they almost defy belief, the way they're operated and the way they're composed. what are these units actually like on the inside? >> keep in mind pelican bay was opened in 1989, an era when the supermack prisons were proliferating around the country
SFGTV
Jul 24, 2011 2:00am PDT
so, again, just to reiterate, i think we have a couple of big questions in front of us. and the numbers that i'm putting out here are not the end of the story as i'm sure every department in this room would tell you they are not adequate to meet the needs that we would prefer to -- the staffing needs that he would prefer to have to deal with this population. you mentioned in your comments up front that in the worst case scenario, if the sheriff's department thinks is a possibility, if this is a much larger impact than the numbers and projections the state have given us, we could end up with a significantly higher jail population. if we do end up bumping up against our capacity, we could be talking about millions and tens of millions -- or $10 million more than this. we also have other needs that are related to this population but that are also a baseline under funding for some of of our criminal justice agencies i think we would all prefer to see if the resources were available to have better staffing ratios for the current population and this new population. but that's
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